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The Ohio State Highway Patrol Auxiliary is an all-volunteer force that provides assistance to troopers in the course of their duties. Crash scene and traffic stop assistance, traffic control, disaster relief and special detail support are among the duties of an Auxiliary officer.
The OSHP Auxiliary was formed in 1942 when many commissioned troopers began entering the armed forces during World War II. At that time, membership was limited to members of the American Legion, which was largely made up of war veterans unlikely to be drafted into service.
Today, Auxiliary members contribute thousands of hours in an assortment of functions. Each is required to log a minimum of 120 hours per year to remain active. Current requirements to become an Auxiliary are:
- U.S. Citizen
- Ohio Resident with valid Ohio driver license
- Age 21-57 (except for retired OSHP officers)
- Good physical condition
- Weight proportionate to height
- No felony convictions
- Pass a background investigation
- Pre-employment polygraph exam
- Ability to communicate in a clear manner
- Availability for training and service
Applicants must pass a medical exam, which must be conducted by a physician at their own expense. Applicants must also pass written and physical agility tests. Auxiliary members are required to conform to grooming standards and purchase a uniform.